I’ve worked in a few bookstores in my life, and the best by far was the Island Bookstore in Corolla, North Carolina. It was a small, independent bookstore that carried more than just the expected “beach books.” It was a stone’s throw or two from the Atlantic Ocean, about half a mile from a lighthouse and another half mile from my very favourite house museum, the Whalehead Club. But the very, very best part was the employee discount: forty-freaking-percent. And now I’m having trouble remembering why I’m not still working there. Anyways, needless to say, I bought a lot of books during my summer in Corolla. Many of them were by Karen Rose.
It was during that summer that I Can See You by Rose was released. I picked up the hardcover to read during my shift, and got so swept up in that I bought it, took it home, and spent the rest of the night reading it. The next day, I bought every other Rose book we had in stock. I subsequently ordered the rest of her backlist. I’ve been a reader of Rose ever since. Karen Rose books are exhausting, and I’m not just saying that because I’m incapable of putting them down and invariably finish them around 3 o’clock in the morning. They’re exhausting because she writes dense, multi-layered stories which all take place in under a week. Did You Miss Me? was no different.